The Allied invasion of Normandy on D-day, during World War II
Normandy France Date:1944 Duration:2 min 18 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 aircraft painted in D-Day stripes, seen taking off at nightfall on June 5, 1944, carrying Airborne troopers from a base in England, during World War 2. Large formations of U.S. B-17 bombers en route to targets in Europe. Clusters of indendiary bombs falling from a U.S. bomber. View from a bomber of explosions on the ground from bombing at a coastline. Allied paratroopers fill the sky with their parachutes as they jump from formations of C-47 transport aircraft. Thirty minutes before the amphibious assaults at Normandy, Allied warships bombard the shore with heavy naval guns. Troops leave their transport ships and board small landing craft (Higgins boats). Soldiers try to stabilize the rope nets for others climbing down, as their small craft pitch in choppy seas. The boats speed away from their transport ships, and head toward the shore. Smoke rising from the shore where naval shelling has caused explosions and fire. Troops from landing craft of the USS, Samuel Chase (APA-26), wade ashore under enemy machine gun fire, at "Fox Green" section of Omaha Beach. They are far away from the beach itself, because of steel and concrete obstacles placed by the Germans, and relatively low tide.
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